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Trojans Remember 9/11

Reporter 2014

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September 11, 2001 was the deadliest day in New York City history. At 8:46 am American Airlines Flight 11 had 20,000 gallons of fuel in its tanks and flew straight into the North World Trade Tower. At 9:03 am United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the South World Trade Tower. That morning the world watched as the World Trade Towers slowly burned and then fell.

At the time it was happening, it took awhile for most Americans to know that the planes that flew into the twin towers were hijacked and that it was an act of terrorism. Today we know that 19 militants from the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four flights and flew one into the Pentagon, two into the World Trade Towers, and one crashed in a Pennsylvania field on the way to its target, which was probably a building in Washington DC.

For students here, not everyone remembers that day. Seniors were in pre-k and the freshmen were, at most, 2 years old. There are some students who do remember or know what they were doing on Sept. 11, 2001, along with most teachers.

Katelyn Redelman, sophomore- “I was at preschool. All the parents were called to pick their kids up. My dad was in DC flying home. He had to stop and drive home from DC.”

Charlie Wessel, senior: “I was at my old house.  My mom took me down to my basement because she didn’t want me to see what was going on.”

Shelby Robertson, junior: “I was in Disney World. They shut the park down and my parents and I sat in the car and listened to the report on the radio.”

Mrs. Carol Wagner, Director of Campus Ministry: “I was teaching art at St. Pius X school. Ms. Alice Mattingly, teacher at St. Pius X school, came into my room and said ‘Did you hear what happened?’, and she then told me. I had to go to the art store at Castleton later that day. It was very eerie because there was no one there and no one around. On the way back to Pius, I turned the radio on and had an overwhelming feeling to have my family together. We did get together at home because school was dismissed early.”

Mr. Gary Pritts, science teacher: “I was in Honors Pre-Cal and we watched it on TV. I was a junior in high school. We were in school all day, but just watched TV.”

Mrs. Jackie Bach, English teacher: “I was in my college dorm room. I watched the news as I was getting ready. I was watching the Today Show and I thought that when they showed the planes hitting they were showing a movie trailer. IU didn’t know what to do, so some professors didn’t cancel classes, but others did. My professor didn’t cancel class, but once we all got to class, he dismissed us. The IU campus was deserted later during the day. It was very creepy because the IU campus is never deserted. “

According to 115 countries lost citizens in the attacks. Twenty six days after 9/11 the U.S. began bombing Afghanistan. There were 26 references to 9/11 at the 2002 Oscars. The fires at the Twin Towers took 99 days to completely burn and be put out.  The estimated cost of clean up was $600 million. The full list of numbers is at has compiled a list of events from September 11, 2001 to 2014.